This Day in History: The controversy surrounding the Jefferson Memorial

On this day in 1939, a cornerstone is laid for the Jefferson Memorial. Statues of America’s third President have become controversial in recent months because Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner. But did you know that his Memorial was controversial when it was built, too? The disputes were completely different back then, of course. Yet […]

This Day in History: Nellie Bly’s trip around the world in 72 days

On this day in 1889, Nellie Bly begins her famous trip around the world. The intrepid female journalist had already gone undercover in an insane asylum and reported on corruption in Mexico. She routinely wrote front page stories and exposés at a time when women were “supposed” to write recipes or style guides. But Nellie […]

This Day in History: Eddie Rickenbacker is rescued from the Pacific

On this day in 1942, a Medal of Honor recipient is rescued. He’d spent more than 20 days floating on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean. Eddie Rickenbacker was known as “America’s Ace of Aces” for his service during World War I. The former race car driver had earned many commendations during that war, […]